83R1351 STE-D
  By: Munoz, Jr. H.R. No. 275
         WHEREAS, Captain Ken Baker retired from the Texas Parks and
  Wildlife Department in 2012, drawing to a close a notable career
  that spanned more than four decades; and
         WHEREAS, A seventh-generation Texan, Ken Baker was born in
  Brownsville in 1947 and was raised on his family's farm and ranch in
  Cameron County; he graduated from San Benito High School and
  subsequently served his country in the United States Navy during
  the Vietnam War; and
         WHEREAS, Captain Baker attended the Texas Game Warden Academy
  at Texas A&M University and began his work as a game warden in
  Edinburg in 1972; he served for many years in Hidalgo County,
  enforcing laws related to the area's natural resources and to
  boating on the Rio Grande, and became a well-known public servant in
  the area; and
         WHEREAS, Over the course of his tenure, Captain Baker saw his
  duties expand to include increased collaboration with homeland
  security officers supervising the border; promoted to sergeant and
  then to captain for the Rio Grande Valley District, he was thought
  to be the longest-serving active game warden in the state at the
  time of his retirement, with 41 years on the job; in addition,
  Captain Baker served his professional community as vice president
  of the Texas Game Warden Association; and
         WHEREAS, The dedication and commitment to excellence
  demonstrated by this outstanding Texan greatly benefited his fellow
  citizens, and he may indeed reflect with pride on a career well
  spent as he embarks on the next exciting chapter of his life; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Captain Ken Baker on his retirement
  from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and extend to him
  sincere best wishes for the future; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Captain Baker as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.